Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city and is perhaps one of the most hidden and unknown vacation hotspots in Europe. Lisbon has often been overlooked by everyday tourists but is slowly becoming uncovered, and those who visit realize its huge potential. So get there before everyone else! Need a bit more persuading? Here are the reasons to visit Lisbon in 2017…
The Mediterranean weather
Whether you visit Lisbon in the winter or the summer…you won’t ever need to take a coat. Temperatures in Lisbon stay warm all year, and the sun always shines. In fact, Lisbon gets more sun than anywhere else in Europe. In true Mediterranean form, the temperature is never too hot or too cold, which is perfect for exploring a new country and relaxing.Whatever the weather, there will be nothing better than traveling to their luscious beaches just 30 minutes away from the Capital, or strolling through the cobbled streets of the city.
You get a lot for your money
Because the tourism industry hasn’t taken off in Lisbon, everything is relatively cheap. Depending on where you go, you can buy a beer for as low as €1… I mean, do you need any more reasons to travel here? The cost of living and visiting in Lisbon is so cheap; you can even buy a full main meal for less than €10. Bargain! Because of this, Lisbon has been classed as one of the cheapest and most affordable vacation destinations in Europe – perfect for the traveler on a budget.
Try out new things
When you’re on vacation, trying out new things is a must. Whether it’s eating food, you wouldn’t normally eat, visiting an art museum, traveling up Lisbon’s spooky vertical lift, or trying your hand at a bit of gambling, try and push yourself to do something you wouldn’t at home. If you fancy yourself as a gambler, Portugal’s casino industry has exploded over the past few years and is now considered a gambling hotspot. Lisbon’s Casino Lisboa is one of the largest casinos in Europe and boasts a huge casino complex – including live shows, fine dining, tricks, and thrills.
You can try out the local food
Portuguese food is known worldwide for being incredibly tasty and fresh. If you want to get a real taste of Lisbon, a trip to the market is a must. With all of its food stalls, you can try out Lisbon’s delicacies and take in the incredible Mediterranean aromas. Lisbon is famous for its custard tarts, and you’ll often see people waiting in line just to get a taste of their sweet treats. And if you though Spanish sausage was good..just wait until you taste the sausage here. With their chorizo, black pudding, smoked flour sausage, and farinheira…they can only be washed down with Lisbon’s national drink – Port.
It’s rich in culture
There is so much to see in Lisbon that you’ll find you never put your camera away! In the morning you can visit the Jeronimos Monastery, with its gothic features, and in the afternoon you can visit the traditional sea ports full of sailing boats and a lingering smell of fresh fish. And on your way, make sure you check out Lisbon’s incredible street art that lines the streets. Because Lisbon was built across hills, the city is scattered with incredible views over the city, sea, and rivers. Why not stop off at one of the bars on the top of the hills and take in the incredible views over a glass of port?
It is easy to navigate
And you can travel around Lisbon in the best way possible. Lisbon still operates their old wooden trams that they have been using. These brightly colored trams take you through the cobbled streets and allow you to see the city in all its colorful glory. Although old, the system is incredibly efficient, and run throughout the whole city…so it’s never difficult to get where you want to go.
They love showing off their views
Lisbon has a bit of a thing for Brazil. They love their culture and ethos, so much so that they have made created their own statue atop a hill, inspired by the Brazilian Christ the Redeemer statue. Lisbon’s Christ the King statue is a smaller version of the Brazilian statue, but a trip to the top of the hill is a must when visiting Lisbon. It’s incredible views over Lisbon, and the Tejo river is not to be missed.